In the series of work titled Casting of I, cups and liquids represent experiences within our lives. The cups that I use are previously owned, mass-produced ceramic mugs. Their past, including their place of origin, is lost to us due to their mass distribution. They are not extraordinary, instead noted only for their use and function. In an attempt to create a bond with these objects, we attempt to give them personality by labeling them with images or writing. Cups display images and text for companies, organizations, and groups. Still, these logos and text are images that dissolve into our everyday lives often without our slightest attention. Although hidden from view, some of my cups are plain and some have personality.
My cups are wrapped in yarn, thread, and string -- all organic materials. The wraps are lightweight and have movement. they can morph, flex, and change -- unlike the cups. the wrap allows the cup to change function thus changing its role in our lives.
These simple comparative definitions of cups and string parallel my own understanding of the structures that we morph and function within. We wrap ourselves around the roles that are mass produced for us: the advertisements, logos, and catch phrases from companies, organizations, governments, and our culture that show us the specific person we have to be and the material objects we must have to be happy. With such a strong and dominant structure, it is hard to shatter the structure and break away into our own form.